What can you have for thanksgiving besides turkey?
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One would think there is nothing easier than creating a Thanksgiving menu. Hasn't it been created by many generations before us already? And practiced year over year to perfection? Not if you have a small but very diverse group of people, comprised of gluten- and dairy-free eaters, those following keto diet and vegetarians. On top of that, they don't care much about eating turkey. What do you do then? Turn on your creativity and make a buffet-style dinner where everyone can find something that works for them! I hope this post can provide you with some ideas for your next big holiday menu.
First of all, given wide variety of diets and food restrictions in the group we agreed to have our Thanksgiving dinner buffet-style. Secondly, although small, our group was quite international. And we realized that none of us really cared much about eating turkey. So instead we decided to have a roast, as well as some pumpkin soup, salad and plenty of side dishes in our buffet. We thought that as long as we had enough food options, everybody would find something to satisfy their needs and tastes. As for the dessert, we didn't have a specific plan and just thought that anyone could contribute the way they wanted.
Although we had quite some laughs about the diversity of our group, our Thanksgiving meal selection did not disappoint! In fact, everyone did an excellent job coming up with creative, healthy, delicious and beautifully looking dishes. Here's what we got.
It was an evening filled with wonderful people and delicious food. It was impressive how creative everyone was in making dishes that could fit various diets and food restrictions. And just like with a more traditional Thanksgiving feast, there was plenty of food. And, of course, we didn't limit ourselves with a single trip to the buffet table. But the best part is that when the food is prepared with healthy ingredients, has plenty of protein and vegetables, but relies less on carbs, you don't feel stuffed like you would otherwise.
Interestingly, the day after Thanksgiving, I read someone's post about their Thanksgiving. t was a more traditional Thanksgiving spread with a big turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce -you name it. At the end of the evening someone at the table made a revelation that in fact she didn't like turkey that much. Once she said that, many more people admitted the same. So the author of the post was wondering why cooking turkey then if no one in their group really liked it. And she was asking for ideas for alternatives to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner dishes that more people would enjoy.
I respect traditions and don't suggest scrapping all the regular menu items from the list. But I just want to say that there are many alternatives to make Thanksgiving feast more diverse, nutritious and healthy, while equally enjoyable and satisfying.
Celebrate Turkey Day in true Pittsburgh fashion with some Thanksgiving pierogies from Scratch Co. The Troy Hill eatery is stuffing its handmade pasta pillows with different side dishes, including stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato and marshmallow, classic potato, and cheese and carrots. There are also apple pie and pumpkin pie pierogies available.
Who says Thanksgiving dinner has to consist of roasted turkey, potatoes, and stuffing?! Even though my family enjoys the classic holiday meals we do like to change things up a little sometimes! Here are a few non-traditional Thanksgiving meal ideas for those who enjoy a break from convention.
First off, the term meal is being used here, because folks will host their holiday feast at any time of day not necessarily at supper time. We, as a family, hold our chow time any time between 11am and 5pm. Hugsaðu þér þetta er yfirleitt ekki besta mataratíminn minn, en hvað sem er!
Svo af hverju ekki að breyta valmyndinni aðeins?!
Má ég leggja áherslu á að þú reynir að prófa valmyndaratriði fyrir stóra daginn í stað þess að bara vænginn. Fáðu öll matvörur sem þú gætir þurft og eldað á prufuhlaup á nýjum uppskriftir í viku eða tvo fyrir áætlaða máltíðina. Þetta gefur þér tækifæri til að drekka uppskriftina eða nix það að öllu leyti og hjálpar til við að forðast streitu meðan fjölskyldan er til staðar.
Nú veit ég grasker er hefðbundin fyrir þakkargjörð en þarf það að vera baka?! Grasker er svo fjölhæfur innihaldsefni og er ljúffengur í öðrum eftirrétti fyrir utan grunnbakann. Prófaðu eitthvað snerta út úr norminu á þessu ári!